Jul 15, 2019
Learn the frugal foodie tactics and strategies on how to slash your food bills while eating well!
How much do you spend on food?
If you’re like most families, chances are it’s a big part of your budget.
The USDA puts together a monthly report that looks into average food expenses.
They break it down into thrifty, low-cost, moderate, and liberal spending plans based on how old your kids are.
Like I mentioned last episode when you’re working as a family towards financial independence, you have to look for big wins.
Mastering your food expenses is a big win, but….
If you think I’m going to tell you to skip eating out or only make these basic dishes, I’m not.
Food is something I don’t like to skimp out on.
We want to eat better and enjoy our meals, whether it’s at home (which is most of the time) or when we’re out.
So if you look at our budget, it’s a big category for us relative to other expenses.
But it doesn’t blow our budget and we’re still able to save for other important goals.
And looking over the past year, our spending is around the USDA’s thrifty and low-cost plan.
The challenge – besides being smarter with money – is also finding ways to get meals up and ready in a relatively short time.
After work it’s tempting to grab some food on the way home.
So we need to have things set up so preparing a tasty meal is a snap.
And when we do it out – because yes, we like to go out sometimes, we try to maximize the experience.
So if you want to get a handle on your food bill and still have a good time, I think you’ll enjoy this episode.
I’ve recruited some others to help.
Besides having a masters in nutrition, author Shanah Bell is also a busy mom of five.
Finding meals are all of her kids enjoy can be tricky, but she has strategies that make meals less stressful, healthy, and fun.
Patrick Livingston is also a foodie and loves trying new things that are off the beaten path.
He also has some creative ideas on how to make those nights out even more special while still sticking to your budget.
We’re going to look at this from two sides:
Let’s get started!
If you’re looking to eat better while sticking to your budget, here are some resources to check out:
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